Arts and Entertainment

Atlantis, Sat, BBC1 // The Ginge, the Geordie  and the Geek, Sun, BBC2

Boyd Tonkin: Mixing stardust and printer's ink

The week in books

Campaigners vow to stop Britain's first TV ad for abortion services

The first television advert for abortion services in the UK is to be aired on Channel 4 next week, prompting anger from anti-abortion groups. The advert asks "Are you late?" referring to a woman who has missed her period and directs women facing an unplanned pregnancy to Marie Stopes International's 24-hour helpline, which is paying for the slot.

Terence Blacker: Stand up for the right to cause offence

Constraint on language leads to constraint on thought

Celebrity cyclists to set off on charity ride

Celebrity cyclists including Fearne Cotton and David Walliams will set off on a thousand mile ride from John O'Groats to Land's End today aiming to raise £1 million for Sport Relief.

Rhiannon Harries: 'You should never judge a celebrity work-out DVD by its cover'

There's much enthusiastic talk of fitness regimes at this time of year, but thanks to the cold, only a hardy few have actually got started. After all, there's no point going for a jog when a slip on some ice could set your routine back weeks, is there? And being snowed in overnight at Fitness First is unlikely to be as cosy as suffering the same fate at John Lewis.

Davina McCall: 'Television is not good for children'

Davina McCall has said she feels bad about allowing her children to watch TV.

Celebrity Big Brother: A house where nobody knows your name

The underlying theme for what Channel Four promise us will be their final Celebrity Big Brother had been supplied by Jean Paul Sartre – that famous suggestion from Huis Clos that "Hell is other people". Regular viewers of CBB's opening episodes will know that Sartre got it slightly wrong: for those desperate enough to enter this mausoleum of fame: "Hell is other people not having a clue who you are".

Katy Guest: A follow-up to 'Big Brother'? Here's an idea

Farewell, then, Big Brother – daring social experiment turned ruthlessly efficient famous-making machine turned public flogging of mental defectives for an ostensibly 21st-century audience. Last week, Channel 4 confirmed that it will not be screening the show after next year's series comes to an end. The programme's 10-year, downhill rollercoaster ride has seen ratings drop from 10 million to two million, during which time the Elstree studios have begun to echo with the teeth-grinding screech of barrels being scraped and even Davina McCall has struggled to act enthusiastic about the visibly withering format.

Big Brother, Channel 4<br></br>Living With Monkeys: Tales From the Treetops, BBC1

As Davina says, the journey continues. But I'm starting to feel a bit travel sick

Banksy's Back

Banksy has come in from the cold to stage his largest ever exhibition in his hometown of Bristol.

Steve Richards: We may all be victims of this debacle

I fear the long-term consequences: rotting schools and useless hospitals

Last Night's Television - Keep taking the mic

Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle, BBC2; <br /> Grow Your Own Drugs, BBC2; <br />In Search of Wabi Sabi, BBC4

Last Night's Television: A marital comedy divorced from wit

Victorian Farm, BBC2<br />Life of Riley, BBC1<br/>Hustle, BBC1

<a href="http://blogs.independent.co.uk/independent/2008/09/cyberclinic-t-3.html" target="_blank">Cyberclinic: The Big Book Download</a>

"Maybe outside the polar ice caps have melted," fantasises Malcolm Tucker in an episode of the BBC's The Thick Of It. "Maybe there's robots knocking about and Davina McCall is the new Pope. Maybe you can download rice."

Cilla to make comeback with TV dating show

Cilla Black is making her return to TV with a new dating show, it was revealed today.

Voices
Stephanie first after her public appearance as a woman at Rad Fest 2014
voices

News
Bryan Cranston as Walter White, in the acclaimed series 'Breaking Bad'
news
Life and Style
tech

Board creates magnetic field to achieve lift

News
news

Arts and Entertainment
music

News
Russell Brand at an anti-austerity march in June
peopleActor and comedian says 'there's no point doing it if you're not'
Arts and Entertainment
Banksy's 'The Girl with the Pierced Eardrum' in Bristol
art'Girl with the Pierced Eardrum' followed hoax reports artist had been arrested and unveiled
Voices
Oscar Pistorius is led out of court in Pretoria. Pistorius received a five-year prison sentence for culpable homicide by judge Thokozile Masipais for the killing of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp
voicesThokozile Masipa simply had no choice but to jail the athlete
Arts and Entertainment
Sister Cristina Scuccia sings 'Like a Virgin' in Venice
music

Like Madonna, Sister Cristina Scuccia's video is also set in Venice

News
i100
Career Services

Day In a Page

Independent Travel
Vietnam & Cambodia
Pompeii, Capri & the Bay of Naples
Bruges
India & Nepal
Japan
Berlin, Dresden, Meissen & Colditz
Prices correct as of 17 October 2014
Two super-sized ships have cruised into British waters, but how big can these behemoths get?

Super-sized ships: How big can they get?

Two of the largest vessels in the world cruised into UK waters last week
British doctors on brink of 'cure' for paralysis with spinal cord treatment

British doctors on brink of cure for paralysis

Sufferers can now be offered the possibility of cure thanks to a revolutionary implant of regenerative cells
Let's talk about loss

We need to talk about loss

Secrecy and silence surround stillbirth
Will there be an all-female mission to Mars?

Will there be an all-female mission to Mars?

Women may be better suited to space travel than men are
Oscar Pistorius sentencing: The athlete's wealth and notoriety have provoked a long overdue debate on South African prisons

'They poured water on, then electrified me...'

If Oscar Pistorius is sent to jail, his experience will not be that of other inmates
James Wharton: The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

Life after the Army has brought new battles for the LGBT activist James Wharton
Ebola in the US: Panic over the virus threatens to infect President Obama's midterms

Panic over Ebola threatens to infect the midterms

Just one person has died, yet November's elections may be affected by what Republicans call 'Obama's Katrina', says Rupert Cornwell
Premier League coaches join the RSC to swap the tricks of their trades

Darling, you were fabulous! But offside...

Premier League coaches are joining the RSC to learn acting skills, and in turn they will teach its actors to play football. Nick Clark finds out why
How to dress with authority: Kirsty Wark and Camila Batmanghelidjh discuss the changing role of fashion in women's workwear

How to dress with authority

Kirsty Wark and Camila Batmanghelidjh discuss the changing role of fashion in women's workwear
New book on Joy Division's Ian Curtis sheds new light on the life of the late singer

New book on Ian Curtis sheds fresh light on the life of the late singer

'Joy Division were making art... Ian was for real' says author Jon Savage
Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

The Bafta-winner talks Hollywood, being branded a psycho, and how Barbra Streisand is his true inspiration
Tim Minchin, interview: The musician, comedian and world's favourite ginger is on scorching form

Tim Minchin interview

For a no-holds-barred comedian who is scathing about woolly thinking and oppressive religiosity, he is surprisingly gentle in person
Boris Johnson's boozing won't win the puritan vote

Boris's boozing won't win the puritan vote

Many of us Brits still disapprove of conspicuous consumption – it's the way we were raised, says DJ Taylor
Ash frontman Tim Wheeler reveals how he came to terms with his father's dementia

Tim Wheeler: Alzheimer's, memories and my dad

Wheeler's dad suffered from Alzheimer's for three years. When he died, there was only one way the Ash frontman knew how to respond: with a heartfelt solo album